The Mariners begin a three game series in New York against the Yankees, KLOG 3:00 pm. Cliff Lee goes up against Phil Hughes…..The Cowlitz Black Bears host the Portland Bucks tonight in West Coast League action. It’s $2 Tuesday with a 6:35 pm start at Story Field…..In Senior Babe Ruth today, Hamer Electric hosts Columbia River in a 5pm start at the RAL LumberYard, while Coldstone takes on Hockinson in 5 pm action at Mark Morris…..The Portland Trail Blazers continue a search for a new general manager and there are reports that the team may be targeting former Cleveland GM Danny Ferry…..ESPN analyst John Clayton reports that the Seahawks are considering the possibility of signing WR Terrell Owens.
Archive | June, 2010
There’s no word yet on the cause of a fire that was reported last night at a home on 2nd Street in Kalama. Crews from Cowlitz Fire District 5 were called out just after 7 pm, when the fire was reported at 264 2nd Street. Those on the scene say that it looks like the fire started on a porch; the house was evacuated, while one of the people on the scene tried to use a garden hose to put the fire out. No injuries were reported, and there’s no dollar estimate on damage as of yet.
Train traffic through the area was shut down for about an hour last night, as maintenance crews from Burlington Northern-Santa Fe dealt with a blockage of the rails on Pleasant Hill Road. At about 5:30 pm, a person living in the 7800 block of Pleasant Hill reported that a large cottonwood had fallen across the tracks. A Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene, confirming that the tracks were blocked, and that someone with a chain saw was needed to remove the tree. Train traffic was shut down while a maintenance crew was called in; they arrived on the scene at about 6 pm.
An administrator at Mark Morris High School reports that a laptop computer and $400 cash were stolen from a desk at the school. This was reported to Longview Police shortly before noon yesterday. At this time, no suspects have been identified.
It’s speculated that ten year-old Ian Torres-Peterson of Vernonia may have been affected by a fever as he sleep-walked out of his home, sparking a search of more than five hours yesterday morning. Torres-Peterson’s family reported him as missing at about 2 am, and after the area’s Reverse 911 system was activated around 3 am, about 150 volunteers showed up to help look for the boy. The command post was set up near the Vernonia Museum, with people checking all around the town. At about 7 am, a TV crew spotted a boy matching Torres-Peterson’s description coming out of the woods; the boy then ran up to a police car that was parked in the area. Torres-Peterson was checked out at the scene, and was returned to his family. Family members are thanking the community for its huge response in working to find the boy.
You may notice some activity on the Columbia River near Kalama today, as a response drill is conducted. The Department of Ecology will be conducting today’s drill, planning to test a number of state-regulated companies on the implementation of their oil spill preparedness plans. Ecology officials say that they plan to see how well these companies can coordinate actions and mobilize equipment in the event of a spill. Today’s drill will involve private spill response boats and recovery vessels, deploying boom barriers, tracking buoys and other equipment. It’s noted that no oil will be used in today’s exercise.
Work is now under way on Kelso’s citywide overlay project, with a goal of improving road surfaces on several streets around town. Seven streets are targeted for work this year, including Lewis, Redpath, Crawford, Maple, Alder, Grim Road and Corduroy Road. City officials say that these streets could be in a state of disrepair for about six weeks. Grim Road will also be closed from the City Limits to Banyon Drive. City officials say that they’ll be using door hangers and street signs to alert local residents when work will be done in their area; there will be times when all vehicles will need to be removed from the street, so that the repairs can be completed. Cars not moved will towed at the owners’ expense. Work will be done during daylight hours, and should be finished by August 31st. Call the City of Kelso at 423-6590 for more information.
As Cowlitz County begins the process for updating its Comprehensive Plan, they’re also starting the process of going out to the county’s citizens, asking what they think the vision for Cowlitz County should be. Steve Harvey with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments says that a citizen-led steering committee is now starting the outreach effort, asking three basic questions of Cowlitz County’s citizens. The three questions are as follows: What are the best things about living in Cowlitz County? What are residents most concerned about? What do residents want to see happen here? The committee plans to have booths at local community fairs, and will be speaking at meetings of city councils, chambers of commerce, civic and service groups, senior centers and other community events. In addition, there’s also an on-line survey, available on the plan’s website at www.mycowlitz.com/liveworkplay. Harvey says that they’re planning to gather public input through the summer, then in October, a draft vision statement and some overall county goals will be presented. Following that, it’s expected to take about two years to complete the revision of the county’s Comprehensive Plan. More details are available from the Council of Governments at 577-3041.
Lower Columbia College President Jim McLaughlin reports that a successor for Mary Harding has been selected. McLaughlin reports that Dr. Lisa Edwards is accepting the position of Vice President for Student Success at LCC. Edwards comes to LCC from the University of Denver, where she has worked since 2001. Most recently, Edwards served as the University’s Director of Academic Advising and Orientation. McLaughlin says that edwards has significant academic and work experience in student services, including advising, registration, student activities, athletics, counseling, marketing and publications. Her instructional experience includes teaching Library Science, human values and resource courses for first-year students. Edwards will succeed Harding, who’s retiring after 36 years of service with LCC.
The Highlands Neighborhood Association presented its first-ever “Good Neighbor Awards” last night. Today’s Daily News reports that awards were presented to Nellie Flubacher, Floyd Willet and J. Coy Middleton. Flubacher and Willet are long-time residents of the Highlands; Flubacher has lived in her home on 17th Avenue for 20 years, while Willet has lived in the 200 block of 18th Avenue for 30 years. Both are well-known for their community involvement. Middleton lives in the 300 block of 17th, and is a leader of the HNA’s rapid response graffiti removal team, and helps coordinate block cleanups. Middleton also gets credit for coming up with the idea of distributing energy-efficient light bulbs to every home, to try and get people to light up their front porches. Longview Police Chief Alex Perez presented plaques to each winner at last night’s ceremony.